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4.0 out of 5 starsSomewhat Unrealistic IMO
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2020
I've read many of the Digger, Big Guy, Wolverine stories and have enjoyed them. I admit I read them out of sequence, but I don't think it really matters. The story here is a bit of a stretch based on different Russian and American characters, but it's fast-paced. I think the ending could have been a bit clearer in terms of "who is who," so to speak, but again that's just me. I think the inclusion of two twenty-something reporters who basically got drawn into the plot on the final rescue mission is a bit of a stretch. But otherwise, a decent story.
Another excellent book - some might say the plot might be unrealistic - they might be incorrect - government corruption runs deep as does terrorism - and then there are the guys in the figurative white hats that make things as right as is possible - Scorpion and Big Guy with help from Mother Hen and Wolverine among others - nice names - better actions - read the series - in order - enjoy - buy all of the books - take a vacation - smile, laugh, cry, get angry, then get happy again - bad guys need someone like the characters in these books to make them see the error in their ways - maybe there are some in real life
Okay, I agree with some of the other readers that this may not have been the best Jonathon Grave novel. Having said that, it is still worth reading. My issue was that unlike the first books I read, this one didn't keep my interest all the way through (Spoiler alert here). There was too much down time as they dealt with the "civilians." I also thought it was a bit unrealistic that these people accompanied them on the mission at the end. How convenient that they were expert marksmen. (Well, one of them was.) Worse, I thought it strange that they were allowed into the inner sanctum of Grave's home and office. (So much for security.) Otherwise, I enjoyed reading the book. I just wish it had been heart-stopping all the way through like his first four were.
5.0 out of 5 starsTremendous Thrill Ride with more twists than a pretzel and more adrenaline than 50 cc's of epinephrine!
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2016
This was yet another superb entry in the Digger Grave series. This book had an AWFUL lot of surprises in it. It kept me totally engrossed and on my proverbial toes. To my utter delight, there is zero predictability in this read. Such is the mastery involved in the crafting of this book. I could not put it down, literally. I was so engaged by this one that the only times I stopped reading was when I finished it that night.
I recommend this book but, even more strongly recommend that you get the entire series. While you can pick up the books and read them satisfyingly at any point really, you'll enjoy them more if you start at the very beginning and take the whole journey with Dig, Box, Venice (it's VEN-e-CHAY...don't forget), Dom, Irene and everyone they encounter along the way for the greatest experience.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2013
I've read all of the Jonathan Grave series and pre-bought this one. I was actually in the middle of another great book when this popped up on my Kindle and I couldn't wait to finish the other so I could get to it. What a disappointment! By the very nature of this genre, reality is stretched a little. I'm used to amazing feats by the main characters and their sidekicks. I think most of us want to believe there really are supermen out there who can pull these things off, but this went WAY BEYOND PLAUSIBILITY. I really don't want to spoil anything, so I guess I have to be vague. The book started out with a good setup and good intro of characters. But after books and books of code names and secrecy, operation security was thrown out the window and while they still used all their code names, they might as well have taken out newspaper ads. AND, there were complete leaps to conclusions with no path there. The president became the primary suspect? I backed up several pages trying to find where they got that and there was nothing. It just popped up. Huh? And then after carefully describing all the combat experience of his staff, even the guards to his office, the hero suddenly enlists reluctant civilians instead of tapping his staff? Double huh? And THEN in the thick of it all a terrorist recognizes one of the team as perhaps 2nd highest value target in the world and PASSES on taking the shot hoping for a better opportunity? HUH, HUH, HUH? I expected better. I will NOT be pre-ordering any more. I'll be checking the reviews before I waste my time/money. Mr Gilstrap, you can do better than this, we've seen it.
I'm not sure what happened, but the characters are very different in this book. Not in a good way. I didn't even finish it and that's very disappointing, because I thought I had found an author who was going to bring consistent quality to recurring characters. Digger seemed to have forgotten certain principles which made him a true leader. Instead he has turned into a verbose and crass drill sergeant. I can't even recognize these characters as those I came to identify sightings previous books. It is almost like this book was written in some previous time and released perhaps years after it was originally written. BLAH..........
1.0 out of 5 starsgreat book well worth the read. Big issues.... to much fantasy land
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2014
First off this book is very well written with a good lot and great characters. As usual with Gilstrap books he brings in characters that are good parts to the story but over extend reality. The more books I read by this author the more serious issues I have with Jonathon Graves not having a Rolodex of operators that he can call in a pinch. For a company that is part of the special ops community not to have extra gun for hire around just makes zero sense. Let alone expanding his crew to a four man team rather then just the two. Next for Jonathon Graves to be using civilians just lacks professionalism and common sense. Sadly this type of plot makes reading his books extremely annoying. You would think either an editor or someone at the publishers would enlighten Gilstrap it males me as a reader think the author must think I am stupid.
As other reviewers have said this story is too silly for words. The presidents wife was a Russian terrorist. WHAT? The White house was blowing up aircraft so the president could get another term in office. WHAT? The Russians had a plan to destroy America by blowing up infrastructure WHAT? The team take along two journalists on the mission. WHAT? The team take the grandmother presidents wife, who leaps into moving boats. WHAT?
I have no idea what Gilstrap was taking when he wrote this one. Save your money its the worst book he has written.